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Google I/O 2014: Everything you need to know about Android ‘L’

Android L has brought a whole host of changes to the Android operating system.

Android L Design

– Android L will be based on bold colours, with big emphasis on shadows.

– Chrome and Android merging together in design to unify platforms.

– New framework for app design, making iteasier for developing for tablets, c
Chromebooks and phones at the same time.

– Developers can now create animations on any screen and integrate them in a variety of ways.

– Guidelines revamped to highlight typography and animations.


Android L Key Features

– Enhanced notifications: Streamlined notification system that can be interacted with while in any app. Lock screen of your phone will now display top notifications that your phone will put in order.

– Permanent Unlocking: Your phone will unlock it if it recognises you through use of smartwatch or other Bluetooth items.

– Mobile Web: Deeper integration with Google Now with cards restyled and redesigned. Chrome tabs are now integrated with mobile tabs to create a seamless experience. Users can now follow Google Earth links to certain Google searches; great if looking for details on specific location.

– Battery Saver mode: The ultimate hub for tracking battery usage and generally improving battery life. Can increase average battery life by a couple of hours.

– Security innovation: Vastly improved malware protection throughout Google experience. Security patches every six weeks via Google Play services and protection against unwanted factory resets.

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